The world is dead, devoured by a plague of reanimated corpses. In a crumbling city, Sarah, Nathan, and a band of survivors barricade themselves inside a warehouse surrounded by a sea of shambling putrefaction. Days in seclusion blur by, and their food is nearly gone. The group is faced with two possible deaths: creeping starvation, or the undead outside the warehouse.
As Sarah stands on the edge of the warehouse roof preparing to step out into oblivion she spots a glimmer of hope. In the distance a helicopter approaches the city... but is it the salvation the survivors have been waiting for? And do they dare attempt to fight their way through the mass of infected dead to reach it?
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©2009 Iain McKinnon (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I thought that the book had everything a Zombie Apocalyptic book needs: heart stopping action, twists, shallow relationships, and gore, nothing was off limits in this book. Yes there are other books that are better but there are also many that are worse. If you are looking for a mind numbing read and are a Zombie fan do not let the negative reviews stop you from listening to Domain of the Dead. The only thing I wish would have been different was a broader description of human kind’s suffering at the beginning of the apocalypse. This would have added to the reasoning behind emotional decisions that were made in the book.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
decent zombie apocylapse story. takes place several years after the outbreak. the story focuses on a group of survivors at a warehouse who see a chopper and escape. half are taken away on the chopper to a research vessel on the ocean while the other half are left in the city, waiting for the chopper to return. from this point on, the story revolves around those survivors taken to the research vessel. the second book, remains of the dead, revolves around the survivors left by the chopper. i'm just starting that book now. so, i obviously liked it enough to pick up the second book after finishing the first.
i thought domain of the dead was well worth the credit. it is a pure zombie book- no supernatural slant to it. i found it entertaining AND well-written:
"the wind changed abruptly bringing with it the stench of the corpses with it. it was a mixture of fresh dog$h!T and rotting beef. nathan looked down on the foul creatures and involuntarily flared his nostrils against the stench. the reanimated corpses jostled and pushed trying blindly to negotiate their way around the fences that encircled the warehouse. the stronger less damaged less weathered barging their more wretched companions out of the way. it formed an unending conveyor belt of festering corpses."
i actually liked the characters. there are a few civilians and a few military types. i say military types b/c the surviving militaries have grouped up. you get glimpses of why and what has happened to the rest of the world. i found it to be a realistic and believable scenario.
the book has a slow boil. you can see the plot developing and the web forming. you see things happening that the characters don't notice, which does a pretty good job of building suspense until things start to boil over.
overall, i enjoyed the book and am looking forward to listening to the second. More of a story than a pure zombie shoot ‘em up.
Of the recent zombie books (5/10/11) released by Audible this is the only one that remains Romero pure, if you don't know what that means I wouldn't bother with this title. It's not great storytelling or writing but if you got a zombie itch this will scratch it. Of the 30 or so zombie titles available on Audible this one is middle of the pack.
This book is full of suspense, and plausible characters. I can see myself behaving the way these people do, in a zombie apocalypse. The best thing is, this book does something few zombie apocalypse books do. It gives you tiny glimpses into the zombie's prospective. I hope he fleshes this out in future books. I also hope there is a sequel, because he leaves you with a cliff-hanger. These people are in a life-boat, after the ship they are on gets overrun by zombies. They don't know it, but one of their party is infected with the zombie virus. The last sentence in the book describes how they are all distracted, and the infected member of the party dies, then opens his eyes. Will they get rescued? Whom will this zombie attack? Will anyone survive until the rescue ship comes? We don't know. Come on, Iain, don't keep us in suspense.
There were parts of this book I think worked very well: the danger, tension, some clever escapes, and some sad stories. There was also some good science here. I appreciated the author took the time to give us a plausible background for the outbreak.
But overall the book felt like an elongated opening chapter (which, I suppose, it is). It felt like we got to watch the first 20 minutes of a movie, and then the film broke. Yes, I will probably watch the rest of the film when the projecter is fixed, but as a stand-alone work this felt like a 2-act script (FYI: scripts have 3 acts). I liked the civilian characters, but they could have been fleshed out more before they got "fleshed out" (I apologize for that, truly). The military people all seemed to be pretty much the same character. I had issues with some of the other supporting players (I won't spoil anything by being specific) in that they acted like they weren't living in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Maybe there would be people that self-absorbed during such an event, but here is just didn't feel right.
Maybe some more time could have been applied to getting to know these people better. Some inter-character sub-plots would have helped, I think. A lot of potential was present. Mixing those in instead of having zombies be the driver of every story beat would have added depth.
Overall it was a good listen. I hope the next outing will be better.
Better plot; better writing; better voices. One of the main character's voices was especially annoying to me. Don't know that this story could be lifted to 4 or 5 stars without totally rewriting it.
Hopefully a better version of a zombie apocalypse book. That or an interesting business story / book.
Captain of ship; male doctor.
Use your credit elsewhere. This is the first book I've selected from Audible that I had to work hard to get through.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Sorry... if a woman literally just watched a man get killed, turn into a zombie and nearly succeed in biting her, the very next thought in her head WILL NEVER be how hot the guy next to her is. PERIOD. NEVER. If you think it could be, you're obviously 12. Or related to this author.
Zombie has no bite marks. Zombie has a`"love bite" (aka hickey) on her breast. You have a conversation that the zombie virus is like AIDS and spread by body fluids and is NOT airborn. So the boss concludes: it MUST have mutated and become airborn because he is too stupid to think...hmmm... body fluids... lovebite on breast. wonder if she was having sex with someone?
How the hell else did a lovebite arrive on her breast you numbskull?!
Was this the worst scene? Yeah, probably... but it is also representative. And, sadly, to top it off, the book just stops mid-scene...I don't know if this is part of a series and there is another book where the story is finished, but I assure you, I won't be buying it if there is.
It is poorly written but not particularly gory or violent, for a zombie book. There is some swearing, no sex and no plot to worry about.
Iain McKinnon has painted a masterful picture of a post ZPOC world. His lively and very believeables characters and descriptions bring this raw and gritty adventure to life. This is a must buy for any fan of the undead genre! Great job Iain!
Todd W. Brown
I wanted to love this, but in the end...I could only almost like it. For one, the plot reminded me too much of "Day of the Dead: by George Romero only set at sea. Some of the plot seemed to almost be torn directly from the movie. Also, when the ship bastion falls, I just had a difficult time buying it. Too much coincidence. Years into this and a few newcomers arrive just as the ship falls to "escaped" zombie specimens.
Overall, just did not grab me with anything new, special, or original. Sorry Mr. McKinnon...I tried.
Sarah, she's pretty intelligent.
Pretty good book! There were some pretty scary moments and heroism. Liked it.
Although im a massive fan of Zombie movies,it is only in the past month i have discovered the genre in audiobook form! I started with this book,Domain of the Dead as it nodded towards the films i hold most dear! I really enjoyed every second of this book all the way to the end. A good story with solid characters....When it ended i wanted it to carry on for just another 15mins so i could find out what happens next! If you are a fan of the genre then i suggest you add this to your audio collection!
"Enjoyable but ultimately quite irritating..."
This is a fairly enjoyable piece of undead fiction let down by a few classic mistakes.
It's hard to go into detail without giving too much away however one particular scenario is played out several times to bump up the tension. After the umpteenth time you start to think the author had run out of ideas. You'll know what I mean if you buy it.
There's also a bit of a nod to the mad scientist/unreasonable soldier tension made famous in much undead fiction and you get the distinct impression the author has developed his opinions of science/the military based on similar stories.
"Fast roller coaster zombie thrill ride!"
Group of survivors, some military some civilian, on a small military research vessel. An arrogant but genius scientist is trying to find a vaccine. This means tough marine squads must go to the mainland and bring back infected "WD'S". Hmmm what could possibly go wrong! Outbreak on ship. The helicopter is not due back for a few hours. Cool characters must survive. There are some really cool characters like the eastern european female sniper "Angel" who is a crack shot and just pretty zombie butt kicking hard. The book is well written, er unlike this review only got a grade C at GCSE english folks sorry. There is however some good scientific knowledge used by the author to help explain the cause of the zombie infection. Tension in abundance and detailed action sequences. Enjoy this Zombie thrill ride.
"A Great Post-apocalyptic Zombie Tale"
Within Domain of the Dead, Iain McKinnon delivers a highly enjoyable zombie romp. Whilst the principle behind the story does give a nod towards films like "Dawn (and Day) of the Dead”, he delivers a well constructed, claustrophobic tale, with solid characters that keeps you tense and wondering right up to the last.
If you like this genre (and I do), then it’s a great choice, but if you’re one of these strange people who don’t love the concept of an all-consuming post-apocalyptic Zombie infested earth, then let’s face it: this may not be the bedtime story for you.
"Decent Zombie romp!"
(I give 3 stars to an overall good book)
A decent little zombie romp! It follows a very similar pattern to most zombie stories, although the main setting is a bit different and works very well in terms of building the atmosphere (there was one moment about 3/4 of the way in where I was actually in a bit of suspense!)
The characters are decent enough, going into a decent amount of depth for some, and with a fair amount of character development along the way.
There were a couple of moments where I felt that the plot had been lifted from a popular 80s sci-fi film - I'll leave you to listen and build your own conclusion. It didn't ruin the story by any means, but did have me smirking to myself a little.
The narrator was "ok".
Overall, I would definitely recommend it to fans of the genre, and also to anyone fancying an enjoyable survival adventure story!
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